Jesus came that we may have an enjoyable life. I think we, as Christians, do not allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to give people a view of the amazing Jesus we carry. He is so cool. I mean, he walked on water, how cool is that! That’s the Jesus that was never too busy to answer a question of anyone, pharisee, sadducee, or hellenist. Why are we so self-centered?
The agenda of God is to expand His Kingdom by recruiting those the enemy had earmarked for destruction. That is why Jesus befriended the prostitutes and tax collectors (think corrupt government officials) in his day. Let us never become so “holy” that people need to get their “act” together before we can reach out to them. It’s like saying a table cloth should be clean before you wash it. Who does that?
In my 2nd year in the university, I shared a room with 7 girls. They all knew I was born again, and teased me once in a while about what they thought I had to give up. I have never felt disadvantaged as a child of God. Does the president’s daughter miss her anonymity? Yeah but, when she remembers the private jets, the exclusive privileges, she shirks that feeling off.
One night, my room mate had a gig. She was a very curvy girl in a relationship with a young man who frequented our room. Her diction and enunciation were out of this world. I guess that is why she was chosen to compere the event. A sort of beauty concert or music concert; I don’t remember which.
I was so excited I got to watch the process of her getting glammed up. Fashion has always been my thing but I feel very comfortable in my own skin. I often leave my house without a stitch of make up; just cause I can. That being said, I love to watch those who live for fashion.
So, this girl who I’ll call Jo, was trying to pick out a dress. She was surrounded by a group of friends trying to do her make up, her hair, choose her accessories and so on. I lay on the upper bed of the bunk watching in delight. They had asked earlier if I wanted to buy a ticket to the show and I said No. Maybe, they all felt I was subtly critisizing them. It didn’t even cross my mind.
She settled for a skimpy black dress, that left little to the imagination, and killer heels.
“All that’s left is a gold watch. How come no one brought a watch”, one of her friends complained.
They tried all the watches they had but none was the right fit.
“I have a gold watch. You can have it”, I extended mine to her.
Her friend leapt up and grabbed it. Once she put it on her wrist, the look was locked in.
“Great!”, she cried.
Jo was sober.”N, I can’t use your watch”, she said.
“Why?”, I asked.
“Won’t I like contaminate it or something? ”
“All the PDA you and your boyfriend do here in the room has not contaminated me, it is wearing my watch to a concert that will contaminate me?”, I laughed.
She kept shaking her head. “I just feel it’s wrong”
“If you don’t want it, give it back but don’t say I didn’t want you to use it”, I smiled.
Her friend stepped in. “She gave it willingly. It completes the outfit. Let’s go”
Jo turned teary eyes to me as she left “I won’t forget this, N”
“Yeah, yeah. Just give them a good show, okay? And come back and tell me all about it”
I wish the story ended with her coming home and giving her life to Christ cause she was deeply convicted but, No, it didn’t happen that way. The concert was disrupted by cultists though she escaped unhurt. I was so thankful she was safe. She was more interested in returning my watch. What a laugh!
Though she did not accept Jesus that night, I knew a seed had been sown that would ultimately lead her to accept salvation. She did ask some questions about God and I tried to correct that impression of God as an angry deity wielding a big hammer against sinners. Yes, sinners will go to hell but we are trying to keep them out of hell. You don’t drive to the airport facing the opposite direction, do you?.
Christians love politics, sports, fashion, make up, travel, computer games, fiction, e.t.c. Let us not be so heavenly minded that we are socially inept. To engage our world we need to see people as either “Saved” or “About to be Saved”. So dear muse, are you saved? If No, can I tell you about my very cool Jesus? He even turned water to wine. How cool is that!
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